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A worker sanitizes the square in front of the Hankou Railway Station, closed after the city of Wuhan was locked down following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China Jan. 23, 2020.
Decision aims to contain deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds of people and spread to other parts of the world during busy Lunar New Year travel period
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:04
Security officers check a person at an entrance to the Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 23, 2020.
The epidemic’s impact on local retail, tourism-related and transportation sectors will be imminent shall Chinese authorities fail to soon contain the outbreak, economists say
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:56
Greetings on traditional red paper, including protest slogans like "Reclaim Hong Kong", "Revolution of our era" handed out at the Chinese new year market.  (Photo: Verna Yu)
Pro-democracy demonstrators use 'yellow economic circle' to resist what they perceive as China's dominance
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:54
Travelers wear face masks as they stand in the arrivals area at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Jan. 23.
Unprecedented effort aimed at containing a new viral illness that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 07:51
Presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, fourth form right, starts reading a ruling at the International Court in The Hague,…
Ruling by International Court of Justice made in response to complaint by African nation Gambia, which accused Myanmar of violating 1948 Genocide Convention
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 05:45
In this Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, photo, Chinese tourists take in the sight from a viewing platform overlooking the caldera of Mount Paektu near Samjiyon in North Korea.
North Korea, hit by sanctions, has increasingly relied on Chinese tourists
William Gallo
Thu, 01/23/2020 - 02:43
Firefighters battle the Morton Fire as it burns a home near Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. …
A C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in the Snowy Monaro region of Australia’s southern New South Wales state
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 00:58
This aerial view taken on September 16, 2019 shows the haze covered airport in Palangkaraya, central Kalimantan. - Thousands of…
Borneo officials disputed claims the arrest may have been linked to Jacobson's involvement in sensitive stories about Indonesia's myriad environmental and corruption
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Wed, 01/22/2020 - 23:14
Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church, Virginia
Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, Virginia, canceled a visit by a group of 20 students from Yichang, Hubei province, China, about 321 kilometers from Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak began
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Wed, 01/22/2020 - 21:25
A Pakistani motorcyclist drives on a newly built Pakistan China Silk Road in Haripur, Pakistan, Dec. 22, 2017.
Critics in the US and elsewhere see China's Belt and Road Initiative as a 'debt trap' for economically struggling countries like Pakistan
Ayaz Gul
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 18:07
People travelling for the Lunar New Year wear protective masks as they head to the departure area at the Beijing Capital…
Many countries have stepped up screening of passengers from Wuhan, the Chinese city identified as the epicenter, and the WHO has called an emergency meeting
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Wed, 01/22/2020 - 17:24
Health Officials in hazmat suits check body temperatures of passengers arriving from the city of Wuhan Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020…
Chinese state media say the city of Wuhan is shutting down outbound flights and trains as the country battles the spread of a new virus that has sickened hundreds and killed 17
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Wed, 01/22/2020 - 16:13
FILE PHOTO: A Huawei company logo at Shenzhen International Airport in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, July 22, 2019…
Analysts note the Chinese tech giant has been working to reduce its reliance on American-made components
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Wed, 01/22/2020 - 16:38
American NGO Unearths Mines in Vietnam to Make Farming Possible
The Vietnam War left countless unexploded munitions buried inside the country's arable land; now the US group Roots of Peace is helping to locate and remove them
VOA Journalist Arash Arabasadi
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:46
FILE PHOTO: Zeinab, 14, (2nd L) poses for photograph with her family beside their shelter at a camp for internally displaced…
The panel will seek concrete long-term solutions to alleviate the plight of tens of millions of people internally displaced by conflict and natural disasters
Lisa Schlein
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:07